On this day 35 years ago a little innocuous banner appeared along the top of the front cover to the latest issue of IPC Magazine‘s Buster comic. But this wasn’t going to be a poster, a badge, stickers or a boomerang as regular readers may have expected.
A boomerang? Yes, if you want to check out a very long list of the freebies given away by Buster throughout its decades-long life you can see it on the Buster Comic website. But for now, back to the issue at hand.
I decided to have a brief read of the comic too, reading a handful of strips when I either remembered the characters or recognised the artist. I was quite surprised to see a handful of strips had signatures, such as Pete Dredge who would also appear in OiNK. It’s only a handful though and no writers are mentioned, something Uncle Pigg would put right very soon.
The details mentioned on the cover would amount to a half page advertisement at the end of an X-Ray Specs strip with a piggy silhouette surrounded by one or two mentions of the new comic’s title.
Of course these could just look like sound effects to the uninitiated, so I like to think it peaked the curiosity of the young readers for what was to come in just seven days. With comics of the day being very similar in style and humour I don’t think anything could’ve prepared them for what they were about to read.
So we’re just seven days away from that free gift and just 14 away from the very first issue! It’s getting exciting here in OiNK Blog Towers and there are some extra treats in store between now and then too, so keep it tuned to the OiNK Blog, pig pals.